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Givens has some power for Meadowlands Pace

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
Powerful Mist has emerged as a major contender for this year's Meadowlands Pace with a string of impressive stakes efforts over the past month.   The Maryland-bred by Powerful Toy will prep for the Pace eliminations in the $25,000 tenth race open for 3 year olds on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Trained by Wayne Givens, Powerful Mist will start from post five in the eight-hor...
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Chiodo has the spirt in Williams leg at Yonkers

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
The Mildred Williams International Driving Series made its fifth annual Yonkers Raceway visit Thursday night, with the race once again serving as a means to a very worthwhile end.    The record shows that Stacy Chiodo and pole-sitting 11-year-old gelding Sequoiah’s Spirit N ($8.20)--whom she also owns and trains--won the "lady drivers only" event. Stacy and “Sequoiah” prevailed f...
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Brennan wins seven at Yonkers

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
George Brennan, Yonkers Raceway's leading driver, did nothing to diminish his social standing Tuesday night. Brennan won seven races from 11 drives on the 12-race card.After finishing sixth in the opener, Brennan authored his own consecutive Pick 4.He began with the $14,000, second-race trot and odds-on Cherry Tree Luke ($3.60), getting the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:05. Brennan then won the $12,...
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Race Day looking for harness racing love

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Iron Horse Photo Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of RACE DAY, a new-concept short documentary about harness racing, created with user-generated content. All of the footage used in the film will be shot by the people who love, live and breathe harness racing.The producers are urging harness racing participants and enthusiasts to shoot their harness racing day on Saturday, August 6, 2011.By r...
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Crys Dream tests positive, suspended 90 days

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly trotter Crys Dream has been suspended from racing 90 days by the Ontario Racing Commission as a result of a positive test following her win in the $529,000 Elegantimage final June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. The suspension is scheduled to run from June 29 through Sept. 26, making her ineligible for several major stakes, including the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks. T...
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Dead-heat winners dq'd at Monticello

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Talk about a scramble.  One of the strangest happenings ever in a harness race took place at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. The result was a rare disqualification of dead-heat winners.   It was the ninth race on the card and until the pacers approached the finish line nothing out of the ordinary happened. Then, just as the field approached the finish line, there was inter...
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SBOANJ announces scholarship winners

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Michael E. Desjardins of East Brunswick, NJ, and Emily Grace Murphy of Lambertville, NJ, have been selected to receive 2011 scholarships from the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Desjardins will receive the top prize of $5,000 while Murphy will take home $2,500.    “There were a total of five applicants and all were outstanding candidates,” said SB...
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Next start for See You At Peelers July 9 at Vernon

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter has confirmed to “Inside Harness Racing” that undefeated See You at Peelers will make her next start at Vernon Downs on July 9 in a division of the New York Sire Stakes.   Takter discusses his plans for the 18-for-18 filly and his thoughts on the 3-year-old division on the newest episode of “Inside Harness Racing.”  The 30-minute program debuts tonight (Wed...
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Brian Kopec is new Winbak Farm vet

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm welcomed a new veterinarian to its staff in June. He will work at the main farm in Chesapeake City, Md., working with Dr. Sarah Mackie, who has been with the farm as a veterinarian for seven years.   Dr. Brian Kopec was born and raised in rural Sussex County, N.J. He first became interested in veterinary medicine while working as a veterinarian’s assistant in a mixed animal ho...
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Ohio bill moves plans for VLTs at tracks forward

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Legislation has passed the Ohio House and Senate to allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state's seven racetracks, and with Gov. John Kasich expected to sign the legislation this week, plans for more gaming at the tracks moves forward. The legislation specifies that the Ohio State Racing Commission, which is chaired by Standarbred breeder Robert Schmitz, will rule on any racetrack relocatio...
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NJ commission asks purse money to be released

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) approved a request for $15 million in funds to augment purses but whether the monies will be released will be in the hands of the governor. The commissioner members, meeting at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ, on Wednesday, June 29,  had until the end of the fiscal year on June 30 to make the request to utilize the funds which would come from the Casino ...
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Taggart drives 5 winners at Monticello Wednesday

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Earlier this season Jimmy Taggart Jr. was shunning publicity on his accomplishments noting –in his opinion—that writing about a driver or a horse’s good fortune was a jinx.That was earlier this year when Taggart decided to be again be a regular  here at Monticello Raceway after spending many seasons at Pocono Downs. After winning four races on a card earlier this year, he didn...
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Big M to offer Pick 5 with 50-cent minimum

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans will have a new wager to sink their teeth into this weekend. Beginning Saturday, July 2, Meadowlands Racetrack will add a Pick 5 Wager starting in the first race. The Pick 5 is a .50 cent minimum wager with a 15 percent takeout. If nobody selects all five winners in the Pick 5, 75 percent of the net pool will be carried over to the next racing card and 25 percent will be distri...
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Corleone Kosmos making 6th Titan Cup appearance

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
The connections of Lucky Jim and Corleone Kosmos hope to join a short list of multiple Titan Cup winners, but know it will not be easy with Arch Madness in the field for Saturday’s $220,750 edition of the race at Meadowlands Racetrack. Only two horses have won the Titan Cup more than once since the race moved to the Meadowlands in 1979. Fool’s Goal won the Titan Cup in 2004, 2002 and 2001, and...
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Chancey Lady sets 1:49.2 Pocono record

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Chancey Lady shattered a track record in scoring a 1:49.2 victory in the featured Open Pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $60,000. Leaving from post position 7 in a field of eight as the 2-1 second betting choice, Chancey Lady settled fourth early on as a speed duel developed between longshots Flirtiscape ...
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3 straight wins for Tough Challenger

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Jim Morand’s Tough Challenger ($2.80, Morand) won his third straight race Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.4 in the featured $18,600 Open Trot.   The 4-year-old You Betcha stallion made a quarter pole move to the front and cruised to a three-length win over King Gus and Photo Maxx. It was the seventh win of the year for Tough Challenger, who holds the current 4...
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NJ Senate passes bill critical to track management

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
A bill enabling the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to share management of the tracks with private operators passed the New Jersey state Senate by a vote of 39-0 on Wednesday.This bill had to be passed this week in part because it also clarifies that both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park will run a minimum of 71 dates with the assent of the standardbred and thoroughbred ...
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Yonkers hosts Mildred Williams Thursday

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday night Yonkers Raceway hosts the Mildred Williams International Driving Series for a fifth consecutive season.The Mildred Williams Series is, of course, a ladies-only driving competition which travels across North America racing to raise awareness about--and money toward--breast cancer research. The annual Westchester visit goes as Thursday's third race, with post time at approximately ...
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Enter to win a spot in the NHHC Saturday

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Fans will have one last shot to win a seat in the 2011 National Harness Handicapping Championship in a prize drawing to be held Saturday, July 2 at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Entry forms for the drawing, sponsored by Racing and Gaming Services (RGS), will be available in the live racing program and at program stands and Guest Service locations.Harness racing's biggest tournament of the year, the...
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Jamieson says Warrawee Needy not for sale

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Carl Jamieson told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that “the phone has been ringing off the hook all day” with offers to purchase at least an interest in the 2-year-old colt pacer Warrawee Needy, who dazzled Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a seemingly effortless 1:51.4 victory in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold elimination. “I guess other people liked him too. They’ve been t...
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